CEO / Creative Director
Pansensory Interactive

Ollie Rankin

Ollie Rankin is a New Zealand born virtual reality storyteller and visual effects supervisor whose career spans 20 years and dozens of film and television productions. His background in programming and specifically the field of artificial intelligence led him to be hired at Weta Digital in 1999, as one of the first users of Massive, building virtual orc and elf brains and choreographing battle sequences for the Lord of the Rings trilogy. This expertise in the emerging field of crowd and battle simulation was sought after by studios in Japan, California, the UK and Canada. By 2009, Rankin was working as VFX Supervisor at Method Studios in Vancouver and shortly thereafter he founded his own company, Pansensory Interactive, to explore the interactive entertainment space. He's been involved in several startups in the fields of virtual and mixed reality, including making contributions to volumetric capture technology as well as the application of VR to education and mental health therapy. Meanwhile he continues to offer his services as an on set visual effects supervisor. The interactive VR film "Downloaded", which Rankin wrote and directed, premiered at the Venice Biennale in 2019 and was named by Forbes in the 50 best XR experiences of the year. He currently lives in Los Angeles where he splits his time between creating innovative immersive content and advocating for diversity, fairness and sustainability through his non-profit "From the Trees to the Stars".

Work Experience

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Film Credits

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Skills & Titles

Creative Director, Director, VFX Supervisor


Nominated for 2014 VES Award for Outstanding Supporting VFX in a Feature Film